Rarely-Performed O'Neil Drama Next Month
1933 mustâve been kind of a weird year for playwright Eugene OâNeil. It had been five years since he had won his last Pulitzer. Somewhere in there he decides to write a comedy. OâNeil, who suffered from depression and alcoholism, had written a comedy. Ah, Wilderness doesnât get produced nearly as much as OâNeillâs dramas. It was a weird kind of an idealized version of his childhood that was staged with th e APT at the beginning of their '08 season.
Somewhere in 1933, he also wrote what he described as a âmodern miracle play.â Lacking in the stark simplicity of a traditional miracle plays, OâNeillâs drama tells the story of a man torn between dichotomies as a Catholic whose embittered life has made him an atheist who worships only love. He resolves to write a book about his life, which shocks his wife to a deathly illness. . . an experience which finds him returning to Catholicism. It wasnât terribly well-received by American critics, though the Catholic church liked it . . . and it rarely sees the stage. This September, Morning Star ProductionsÂ brings the rarely-produced OâNeill play to the stage of Eastbrook Church on the north side. Formerly the Drama Ministry at Eastbrook, the group changed its name to Morningstar in 2006. Days Without End is the first show in their â09/â10 season. It runs September 18 -27 at Eastbrook Church on 5385 North Green Bay Ave.